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March 26, 2013

This Day In Hockey History: March 26th

1919 - In the longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history, the Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans played 100 minutes of overtime without scoring a goal. It was the first 0-0 tie in NHL playoff history.

1963 - Toronto's Johnny Bower became the first Leafs' goaltender to get an assist in a Stanley Cup Playoff game, when he picked up a point in the Toronto's 3-1 win over Montreal, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals.

1980 - Chicago's Tony Esposito became the first goaltender in history to record eight 30-win seasons in the NHL.

1983 - Minnesota North Stars' center Neal Broten became the first U.S. born player to score 100 points in a season. The North Stars beat Toronto 6-1.

1987 - Philadelphia's Mike Keenan became the first coach in NHL history to win 45 games in each of his first three seasons.

1991 - Mario Lemieux scored his 26th career hat trick to give the Penguins a 3-1 win at Philadelphia. It marked the first time in 75 trips that a Penguins' player scored a hat trick in Philadelphia.

1991 - Cam Neely scored twice in a 7-4 Bruins' win over the Nordiques in Quebec City. In doing so Neely became the 18th player in NHL history to get back-to-back 50 goal seasons.

1991 - Theoren Fleury scored his 5th career hat trick to give him 50 goals and 100 points for the season, in Calgary's 7-2 win over the Canucks, at the Saddledome.

1994 - Toronto's Mike Gartner scored twice to become the first player in NHL history to get 30 or more goals in 15 straight seasons. Toronto 6 - Quebec 3.

Happy Birthday to Trevor Kidd, Allan Bester, Michael Peca, Ulf Samuelsson, Barclay Plager, Luke Richardson, Roger Leger, Bob Hassard, Krys Barch, Brian Lee and Doug Jannik.

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